Christopher Mahan a écrit:
All I know is that if Wikipedia is fair and balanced,
thousands of articles the true face of china today, then the Chinese
government will find no reason to block us, and in fact may
This is exactly what I meant.
I agree with Jimbo when he says that "Chinese editors who are
working on sensitive topics should take *great care* to be sure that
their writing is impeccable", nor libel, nor false, but only true and
My only point is this one : the chinese goverment does things that most
of us find chocking, but some people also consider the goverment does
good things which will help the country enters fully the XXI century as
a modern state. Just as any goverment, there is bad and there is good.
Similarly, some chinese people did things most of us would consider
terribly bad, but there are also many great chinese people.
My opinion is that npov has two levels. The level of the article and the
level of the project itself. NPOV at the level of the articles is not
negociable. But there is nothing in the requirements about the
neutrality a project has to achieve overall. Globally.
Now, I think that an encyclopedia is "supposed" to contain the entirety
of human knowledge. Practically, it will be only a subset of human
knowledge, and may only at best tend to perfection.
If a project contains 100 articles on history, that all these articles
are individually neutral, but ALL 100 are about, say, french atrocities
in Algeria in the 50's, and NOTHING else, then, the articles
individually will be NPOV, but globally, it would be hard to claim the
project is neutral. It will inherently follow a political stance if the
only historical topic treated is this one. If only... a european biais
that seems to imply that only european history is worth reporting :-)
Similarly, if the chinese (this is an hypothesis) wikipedia is greatly
focusing in writing articles mostly dealing about chinese gov
atrocities, even though the articles are NPOV, overall, the project will
not really be neutral in its description of what human knowledge is.
I just mentionned that the project might greatly benefit from having its
overall content balanced, and all facets of a country described, rather
than only one facet described. Imho, this goes toward our general goal
(well, at least mine) and if that CAN HELP avoiding the site blocked,
then that doubly helps.
I do not think this desire for overall balanced information should be
confused with censorship. My goal for most projects is that they are
complete for all topics, not only focusing on controversial topics. But
if such a desire to wish for overall neutrality is only seen as academic
discussion and nothing more, it is not really worth discussing imho.